Nutrition

Chicken and Spinach Pasta

Photo courtesy of Nathanael Gray

I am not a chef or professional cook by any stretch of the imagination, but I do love to eat. So I’ve been trying to find whole foods that are healthy and filling enough that I don’t feel like I need to eat a lot in one sitting. One dish I’ve thrown together a couple times is a pasta dish made with organic canned tomatoes instead of a jar of premade spaghetti sauce. It is super simple and super yummy. Let’s get started!

Chicken and Spinach Pasta

Yields: 8 servings                           Prep Time: 10 min       Cook Time: 20 min

You will need:

  • 1 box of organic, gluten free spaghetti noodles
  • 32 oz can of organic tomatoes (diced or crushed)
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Fresh spinach
  • 1 yellow onion, diced (optional)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp butter (optional)

Directions:

  1. Dice onion and set aside.
  2. Cut chicken into approximately 1 inch squares, lightly season with salt and pepper.
  3. Drizzle olive oil over the chicken and stir until the olive oil coats all the chicken.
  4. Heat the chicken in a frying pan over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  5. While the chicken is cooking, saute onions with butter or olive oil in another pan (butter will provide more flavor while the olive oil is less calories).
  6. Once the onions are sauteed, empty the can of tomatoes in the pan, stirring occasionally.
  7. Once the chicken is cooked, combine with tomato sauce, stirring occasionally.
  8. Follow the directions on the box of pasta and cook the pasta. You can also substitute the pasta for zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash.
  9. When the pasta is almost finished cooking, add the spinach handful by handful into the tomato sauce and stir until the spinach begins to wilt.
  10. Once the pasta is cooked, strain and empty into a large bowl. Pour over the tomato sauce, mix, and serve!

If you try this recipe I would love to know how you like it, or if you have any ideas that you think would make it better! I personally love the simple and fresh taste of minimal spices and ingredients, but maybe you like spicy or sweet dishes. Let me know at thelemonlife@aol.com!